From Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), July 24, 2017
WEST CHESTER (June 24, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has introduced a package of legislation designed to protect local communities, natural resources, and individual property rights in the crosshairs of the ever-growing number of pipelines planned in Chester County and Pennsylvania.
“While southeastern Pennsylvania and Chester County may not be home to actual drilling operations, our neighborhoods, communities, and natural resources are significantly impacted by the growing network of pipelines,” Dinniman said.
The bills are as follows:
• Senate Bill 605, introduced by Senator Dinniman and Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., calls for establishing an impact fee that pipeline companies would pay to the municipalities and counties bisected by their pipelines. Under the legislation, the amount of the impact fee would be based on the acreage of linear feet plus right-of-way width of a pipeline using the county average land value in an affected area. Fifty percent of the impact fee would go to the county that is home to the respective pipeline. Forty percent would go to the municipality that is home to the pipeline. The remaining 10 percent would go to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for administration and enforcement of the law. The bill is currently in the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
• Senate Bill 574 would allow local municipalities and school districts to tax natural gas pipelines. …
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Pipeline Safety Forum
Thursday, March 10 at 7pm
West Chester Borough Hall,
401 E Gay St 19380
Lynda Farrell – Pipeline Safety Coalition
Eric Friedman – Impacted Resident
Justin Wasser – Sierra Club:
Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground
What are the risks of environmental catastrophe?
What is the safety record of the pipeline industry?
What is the impact of increased gas infrastructure on climate change?
What are the options for homeowners living near pipeline right of ways?
In a letter to Senator Andy Dinniman this week the PA Public Utilities Commission (PUC) spelled out the status of Sunoco’s status as a public utility – they are, and they can use that status for any pipelines that Sunoco builds within the Mariner East corridor. [Read the full letter HERE (download at this point in the text‚] However, the PUC only has jurisdiction over intra-state development (pipelines that begin and end within PA that deliver fuel to Pennsylvanians.) Continue reading
by Jason Laday, West Chester Patch, 7/8/15
In addition to state Sen. Andy Dinniman, Gov. Tom Wolf appointed three other Chester County residents to the pipeline task force.
State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) has been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf as one of 48 members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, charged with recommending policies and guidelines for the expansion of pipeline infrastructure across the state.
In a statement released Tuesday, Dinniman, who represents the 19th District, said he will be taking into account environmental and public safety concerns, as well as local control and private property rights in considering the issues….
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